Cake Decorating with Modeling Chocolate Competition

Online Cake Design Competition Wicked Goodies

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED VIEW THE FINALISTS AND VOTE HERE Rules of the contest 1. Any cake shape or design qualifies for this contest. Extra points will be awarded for originality! 2. All entries must include the use of at … Continue reading

How to Make a Car Cake

How to Make a Car Cake by Wicked Goodies

The 3D car is a wildly popular sculpted cake design for groom’s cakes, birthday cakes and father’s day cakes. Unfortunately, it is an especially time consuming shape to create. I have spent many late nights working on car cakes, realizing that I should either charge … Continue reading

I Published a Book

Hot Off the Press Wicked Goodies

Hot off the press! I’ve published a book called Cake Decorating with Modeling Chocolate. It was released yesterday in the U.S. on Amazon.com and can also be purchased internationally at the Book Depository. I will be working to make this manual accessible on other … Continue reading

Giraffe Cupcake Tutorial

Baby Giraffe Cupcakes

Items Needed Filled cupcakes, frosted with chocolate buttercream Light orange, dark orange, white, and bittersweet modeling chocolate or fondant rolled modeling chocolate equipment googly chocolate eyeballs Pointed sculpting implement Vanilla buttercream Orange food coloring Parchment paper cone #3 (Ateco) small round piping tip … Continue reading

Duck Cupcake Tutorial

Baby Duck Face Cupcakes

Items Needed Filled cupcakes, frosted with vanilla buttercream light and dark orange modeling chocolate or fondant rolled modeling chocolate equipment googly chocolate eyeballs 1” round cutter Yellow-colored buttercream paper cone or piping bag petal piping tip (#102 Wilton petal tip used here) Google … Continue reading

Lion Cupcake Tutorial

Baby Lion Cupcakes

  Items Needed Filled cupcakes, unfrosted Yellow and violet modeling chocolate or fondant Rolled modeling chocolate equipment Googly chocolate eyeballs Round cutter, 1 cm in diameter Chocolate buttercream Piping bag, disposable with coupler #352 (Wilton) leaf tip  Google Chocolate Eyeballs Instructions Step-by-Step … Continue reading

Elephant Cupcake Tutorial

Baby Elephant Cupcakes

These cupcakes were made along with some other zoo animal designs for the birthday of an adorable one-year-old boy. Items Needed Filled cupcakes, frosted with vanilla buttercream Light blue modeling chocolate or fondant Round cutter, 1” (25 mm) diameter Rolled modeling … Continue reading

Modeling Chocolate Introduction

Modeling Chocolate Basics

Skip straight to the recipes or read this introduction to modeling chocolate. Modeling Chocolate Modeling chocolate, also known as plastic chocolate, chocolate leather, or candy clay, is a soft, pliable confection made from chocolate and sugar syrup. It can be used in … Continue reading

How to Make a Motorcycle Cake

3D Motorbike Cake Tutorial

The yummiest kind of motorbike for ripping up single track is made of modeling chocolate. This motorcycle cake tutorial is for bakers who find themselves challenged by designs that involve two-wheel vehicles, i.e. bicycles, dirt bikes, scooters etc. Because the problem with … Continue reading

How to Make a Piano Cake

Piano Cake Tutorial

This 3D piano cake design involves minimal carving. The cake presentation involves a raised stand that is simple to build out of cardboard, dowels, tape and screws. It helps the cake look like a real piano. Baking and Carving the Piano Cake Begin with … Continue reading

Fairy Flowers Tutorial

Fairy Flowers Cake

This wedding cake, fit for a midsummer night’s dream, is finished in chocolate buttercream and draped with petal-thin faerie flowers crafted in rolled modeling chocolate. It was served at an Irish wedding that took place in a traditional Irish pub in San Diego, CA. The bride and … Continue reading

Chocolate Flower Blossoms

Modeling Chocolate Blossom Flowers

This common and easy cake decoration that is so popular with fondant can also be executed with rolled modeling chocolate. The same methods apply with modeling chocolate as with fondant; only where fondant tend to look chunky, modeling chocolate buds can be shaped to … Continue reading

How to Make a Pig Cake

3D Pig Cake Tutorial

The challenge of the creature cake involves striking a balance between realistic and yummy. Here, modeling chocolate combined with fondant makes piggish features possible while yumminess is conveyed in a chocolate buttercream mud puddle, splashes of dark chocolate glaze, truffles, malt balls, … Continue reading

Chocolate Bow & Ribbon Tutorial

Modeling Chocolate Bow and Ribbon Tutorial

The classic present cake is appropriate for almost any occasion. Modeling chocolate is particularly well suited for forming fine bows because it can be rolled so thin. The trick to a full-looking bow is to cut wider strips for the loops … Continue reading

Useful Modeling Chocolate Tools

Recommended Modeling Chocolate Tools

The ideal working environment for modeling chocolate is a cool, 65°F (18°C), dry room with clean surfaces and equipment. Do not work directly in sunlight. Minimize contact with moisture and humidity. The optimal tabletop is clean, smooth, and made from a … Continue reading

Reality Cake Television

Wicked Goodies Rooster Cake on Fabulous Cakes Show

In 2010, I was filmed making a giant cake for one episode (season 2, episode 4) of a Discovery Network reality television show called Fabulous Cakes, now syndicated on TLC. I was under contract to NOT blog about the filming for … Continue reading

Zoo Animal Cupcakes

Baby Zoo Animal Cupcakes

Here, rolled modeling chocolate is combined with both buttercream frosting and piped chocolate to make doe-eyed zoo animal cupcakes. Note that where fondant may be used for these designs, modeling chocolate is much better suited for popping in the mouth. I like to make filled cupcakes. With … Continue reading

How to Make Fish Cake

Koi Fish Cake Tutorial

This alternative wedding cake is finished in rolled modeling chocolate and piped chocolate. It was for a couple whose reception took place in Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Gardens, which has a zen rock garden and koi pond full of plump, spotted fish. The groom asked … Continue reading

How To Make a Ship Cake

Here in San Diego, California, there is Camp Pendleton, the Coronado Naval Base, and the Mirimar Marine Air Corps Station all with cake-delivery distance, so here is another naval ship finished in modeling chocolate. The trick to rendering something in cake that … Continue reading